In the code snippet below, I trying to get the_excerpt to be written out without tags. However, the source formatting shows that the_excerpt is always wrapped in P tags. How can I pull the excerpt without tags?

foreach($myrecentposts as  $idxrecent=>$post) 
{ ?>
<li class="page_item">
    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
    <?php echo strip_tags(substr( the_excerpt(), 0, 75 ))."..." ?>
</li><?php }    
echo "</ul>

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in your code above use get_the_excerpt() instead of the_excerpt(), because the last one will output the excerpt to the screen, and not pass it to your other functions...


What about removing the wpautop filter before your list?

remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'wpautop' );

(Make sure to add it back afterwards, so as not to mess up other formatting...)

  • This is the correct answer and will specifically remove the formatting on the particular page that you are using to output the content.
    – Charles
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 16:02

I tried the above answers but didn't work for me.

I tried using the_excerpt but wasn't displaying any content so I used the below and it worked perfectly

// $search_text = the_excerpt();
$search_text = get_the_excerpt();

// Strip the <p> tag by replacing it empty string
$tags = array("<p>", "</p>");
$search_content = str_replace($tags, "", $search_text);

// Echo the content

echo $search_content;

I hope this throws more light for someone else too.



<?php echo strip_tags(get_the_excerpt()); ?>this worked for me

sorry for this => Body must be at least 30 characters; you entered 18.


If you dont want <p> tags when using the_excerpt(), you can use echo get_the_excerpt() instead, which strip <p> tags.

If you also want to make sure that you remove linebreaks and whitespace you can use echo wp_strip_all_tags( get_the_excerpt(), true );.

Using get_the_excerpt, might cause an undefined offset -1, then you need to check first with has_excerpt().


Below did the trick using ACF plugin:

        $summary = get_field('introductory_text');
        echo strip_tags(substr($summary, 0, 520));
    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"> ...read more</a>

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